June 13, 2015
Written by Antonio Stango
Dr. Antonio Stango is the President of the Italian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
The image of bodies hanging from cranes for the “heinous” crimes of civil disobedience or perceived threat has become a common site to many in Iran.
At home the regime’s “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani is executing its citizens at a record rate – approximately 1,800 in total – a number that far exceeds even his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Under Rouhani, a Washington Post journalist has been arrested and left to rot in prison with thousands of others, without any real representation, for crimes they didn’t commit. And all the while, this leader says one thing to the West, while publicly trumpeting their deception, particularly on the nuclear issue, to the Iranian public.
It was under the shadow of this nuclear threat, during terrible upheaval in the Middle East and brutal oppression within Iran that the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) convened its conference on June 13th in Paris. The gathering was an important answer to the Western ordinary self-defeating policy of appeasement with the Iranian regime that has been full of self-congratulatory and convenient rhetoric, but has lacked nuance and the necessary skepticism.
About 100,000 participants, including scores of top politicians, diplomats, military experts, former heads of state and public figures spanning 60 countries were in attendance. Among those participating...
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Despite many shortages and illegitimate concessions to the mullahs, the nuclear deal struck by P5+1 and the Iranian regime forces Khamenei to retreat and violate the declared redlines he had repeatedly insisted on over the past 12 years, including in recent weeks, said the Iranian Resistance's President-elect Maryam Rajavi.
Maryam Rajavi reiterated that circumventing the six UN Security Council resolutions and coming up with an unsigned agreement that is not internationally bounding as a treaty would be, will neither block the mullahs' path to deception nor their access to the nuclear bomb. However, as the Iranian Resistance has always pointed out, such a small retreat will shatter Khamenei's hegemony in the regime and undermine the mullahs' religious fascism in its entirety.
The retreat, called a nuclear poison chalice by the regime's officials, will inevitably aggravate the power struggle within the top leadership and upset the internal balance of power against the regime's supreme leader. The leadership power struggle will expand to the entire government hierarchy. So, the nuclear agreement, both in the content and structure of the regime could be briefly described as a "lose-lose" outcome.
The Iranian Resistance was the first party exposing the clerical regime's clandestine nuclear projects and facilities over the past three decades, Mrs. Rajavi pointed out, adding that the capitulation of Khamenei and his regime to this much of a deal is nevertheless a product of the explosive social state in Iran, the erosive impact of the international sanctions, the deadlock of the regime's policies in the region as well as its grave concern over the toughening of the terms of the agreement by the U.S. Congress.
Noting Tehran's extremely fragile and vulnerable conditions of the regime, Mrs. Rajavi stressed: Had the P5+1 been more decisive, the Iranian regime would have no way but to fully retreat and permanently give up its efforts to acquire the nuclear bomb. Specifically, it would have halted all uranium enrichment and shut down its bomb-making projects.
Mrs. Rajavi added: The P5+1 should now insist on evicting the regime from the Middle East and prevent its interferences in the region. This is a fundamental principle that needs to be included in any agreement, otherwise any country in this tumultuous region will have the right to demand all the concessions given to the clerical regime. This will only result in further catastrophic escalation of the nuclear arms race in this part of the world.
Another important point, Mrs. Rajavi noted, is the United Nations' strict monitoring of the cash poured into the regime's pockets so that they would be spent on the Iranian people's urgent needs, especially to pay for the unpaid meager salaries of workers, teachers and nurses and provision of food and medicine for the populace. Otherwise, Khamenei would continue to fund the IRGC (the Iranian regime's Guards Corps) to export terrorism and fundamentalism to Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon, she stressed.
It is the Iranian people's right to know what they will get out of the agreement that the mullahs' president said their water, bread and environment depend on. Indeed, any agreement that does not observe and consider the Iranian people's human rights, will only embolden the regime in its relentless suppression and executions, and trample the nation's rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Charter.
Mrs. Rajavi also addressed the people of Iran who have been the prime victims of the ruling religious dictatorship and the majority of whom live under the poverty line while the regime spent billions of dollars of their wealth on its ominous nuclear program for its own survival in power. She said: The time has come to hold the anti-Iranian regime accountable. The time has come to rise up for the overthrow of the mullahs' illegitimate regime and establish a free, democratic and non-nuclear Iran.
The Organization of Iranian-American communities (OIAC-US) works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Iran. This includes advocating for a democratic secular government in Iran, founded on respect for human rights, religious tolerance, and equality among all citizens. Our goal is to organize Iranian-American communities in the United States to promote these values.
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Iran Freedom 2015, Thousands gather in Paris
June 13th marks a day to remember as it saw over 100,000 ban together in the name of freedom and democracy for Iran. The prestigious international conference is held every year in Paris and this year took place in Parc de Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte in Villapinte. The event was hosted by the National Councial Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and welcomed over 600 dignitaries from 69 countries. Arizona was represented in part by Majority Whip Rep. Rick Gray and Senator John McCain, along with other U.S. representation such as: General George Casey, former CIA director John Bolton, former US ambassador to the UN Governor Bill Richardson, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Tom Ridge and many others. The Elected President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi shared a moving speech that included her “Ten Point Plan for Future Iran”. In it she addresses such issues as: individual freedoms, including freedom of expression and media; gender equality; Universal Declaration of Human Rights and foreign policy on peaceful coexistence international and regional peace and cooperation and non-nuclear Iran. [source]
Below is a short video summarizing the Iran Freedom 2015 event. To be directed to a video of the full 9 hour event, you can click here to go to our MEDIApage. Please also be sure to view the full video from Arizona Senator John McCain also on the MEDIA page.